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Yuma native Carol Smith among six candidates for city council

 Carol Smith
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Carol Smith

In the primary race for Yuma City Council, no candidate met the 50 percent plus 1 threshold to automatically win. Therefore, six candidates are on the ballot for three open seats.

Carol Smith is one of the candidates. She was born and raised in Yuma and is a registered nurse and nurse educator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatrics and women's departments at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Smith said she wants to focus on public safety, specifically retaining staff and attracting others as Yuma grows. She also is glad to see Arizona Western College's partnerships with the three state universities to promote higher education in Yuma County.

As for the border, Smith acknowledges it is a state and federal issue. She said the high number of migrants coming into the Yuma Sector is a humanitarian crisis that needs a structure to help those seeking asylum while not straining the resources of the city or non-governmental organizations.

Smith said what she's heard from speaking with Yuma voters is that they want to be heard by elected officials and that there is common ground to find to lead Yuma forward.

The other candidates are Gary Knight, Art Morales, Nicole Wilkinson, Edward Thomas and Robert Scarborough.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.